The ARC CoE for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture will make significant advances in the emerging fields of evolutionary systems biology (how plants work and evolve) and predictive analytics (mathematics) to deliver novel strategies for improving ecosystem management, crop resilience and yield. Parallel advances in legal and social frameworks will modernise outdated precedents in these areas, enabling greater scope
Better understanding plants’ complex environmental and food-producing roles is the focus of a new global research program being led by The University of Queensland. The University of Queensland is spearheading an ambitious global research program to fundamentally change the approach to plant breeding to lift the performance of food crops and the sustainability of plants in nature. The intention, under
Reproductive failure in maize has long been studied in plant science. Now, for the first time, it has been quantitatively synthesized. Maize is the most important food crop in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, and is a key Asian crop. By 2050 the demand for maize in the developing world is expected to double, while yields are expected to decline due
Parsimony and biological reality are often seen as antagonistic goals in plant modelling. Hammer and colleagues argue that isn’t always the case, and combining the two approaches could bring benefits to scientists as well as plants. Plant modelling is speeding up crop improvement by testing outcomes in silico, but how can these models be made more effective? Some argue for more
The next generation of agricultural crops that can withstand the effects of climate change and increase food security will be identified at a new major research centre to be based at The University of Queensland. The Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan MP has announced $35 million in funding to establish the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for
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